Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Happy Holidays and lots of Happiness for Year 2019!

Happy Holidays to all,
from all of us here in DiD!

We have had a cold freezing
days and snow is coming more and more
and more.... and will be coming the
next 4 months I believe.

So made a few ATCoins for the theme.

Using images from Gecko Galz Snow Queens Collage Set.

And we also wish you

Hope you'll find the time to play with us all year long, :)
(and still time to enter our December challenge HERE)

Friday, December 7, 2018

December marches on to tick down the days...to reveal November's Winner!

So, are your December days marching on towards merry-making or...maybe...small steps taking you perhaps towards that one small mysterious box tucked away in the corner, not quite under the tree but close enough it should be? Where will your imagination take you??


Boom! Here we are landing firmly upon December 7 and we need a winner for the November Challenge!

We all agree, skulls and masks and Zombie Kangaroo are wickedly awesome! So that means our November Challenge Winner is...

#7 Waterborne by Sharon! Congrats!

Sharon, kindly email us at dreamindarknessblog (at) gmail dot com to arrange sending you your prize!

Do come back with a Zombie Santa or Elf and link up to our December Challenge, we dare you! The linky can be found HERE

Saturday, December 1, 2018

"Devious" December

It is that time of year that Santa is getting
his red coat dusted, making his elves busy and his
reindeers well in shape.

And also time to look back and think,
have you been naughty or nice ...
because Santa is coming ....


The USA seems to dive headlong into one (commercial) extravaganza after another, starting with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the Christmas pressure.  This year NZ has adopted Black Friday as well.  It's enough to make anyone stay hidden under the blankets until about 15 January!  And sometimes one wants to remain hidden forever.
This journal page started as an exercise in interference paints over black gesso quite some time ago.  As I delve through the webs of incomplete memories of long ago darkness it has found its destiny and been worked on:

And another bit to kick off the Holidays (behind) but it is cute grr...

Welcome welcome back to the soon to be cold and dark days of December for the North and welcome to the soon to be toasty days of the Southern half of the World! Personally I wish for the mild and crisp days of Spring and Fall, but they seem to have disappeared many years ago in my neck of the woods!

We'd love to see your spin on the Holidays, won't you share?
Link up below and I'm pretty sure our December Winner will get a lil bit o' happy mail, so link away you new projects!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

October 2018 Winner's Post and Colorful Eye Candy!

Hello and Happy November to you all!

Thanks so much to each and every single one of you for all of the fantastic makes and arty goodness you all shared in our lil challenge for October! We are so thrilled to see all the fabulousness!

Today we put together a quick little recap of some awesome Day of the Dead art Michelle Frae Cummings is sharing over on her blog, Faerie*Dust*Dreams....(they use lots of Michelle's Sugar Skulls stamps from Blank Page Muse)!!

So scroll down to see some lovelies and do hop over and share some DOTD love <3 <3 <3

The winner of our October Challenge is...
#29 Creepy Muffin Tin by Cathy!! Who knew muffin tins could be so creepy fun???!!!?

Congratulations!! Please email us at dreamindarknessblog@gmail.com to arrange to get you your Layered Jack o Lantern Pumpkin die!

By Katie Lamb

By Michelle Frae Cummings

By Karen Sessions

By Karen Sessions

By Chris Pozzi

Use the link above to get to Michelle's blog to see how these were made! And...don't forget to come back and play along, our link up is HERE

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Start of notorious (?) November !!!

Ohh October, how shall I miss you.
What a fabulous amount of brilliant art
it brought us to see ... thank you all for
hopping here and joining the challenge
of no-cute creations.
I hope you'll be back this month.

Speekking of creations ... creatures ...
creepy things ... 
and how about ZOMBIES

October is just so great time to find stuff 
... interesting stuff even is supermarkets...
like these plastic zombie heads that somehow
ended up to my crafting table to be cut
paint and clued to 3D picture.

and here's a little "how to" collage


Asylum Anne got seriously buried under a flood of new tupperware - how scary is that!!!! 
 Her last glance back to last night included Paper Artsy too, 
with their truly appropriate text for Ike's Art digis 
Grim Reaper, Birthday Rainbow, and Bad Day:


And what would be a treat for a one
player that uses our froggy to link her / his
creation(s) to our challenge?

Plate of artsy stamps made by PaperArtsy.
Cool, ehh?

Saturday, October 13, 2018


I don't do coloring books,
the images are way too big for
me to "handle" , but then I saw
this book with Jasmine Becket-Griffith
and I knew I wanted to try.
Gorgeous images!

Here's the first image, I colored her with Prismacolors
and then altered the photo with Ribbet.

Please link your art HERE,
this month there is a change to win
this die:
 I grabbed some of my scraps the other night
and played with my die, :).

As Kim so well said it:
To win it ya gotta be in it!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

7 Days into the Best Month of the Year! September 2018 Challenge Winner

So how is your October going so far? Ready for the 31st? Getting crafty or just enjoying the creepy coolness out and about?

Lots and lots going on but I think the most odd is the Christmas popping up in stores already!! That is so scary to me!! Yikes! I guess it follows the great words from Ricky Bobby, "If you ain't first, you're last!"

So we know why you're here....The Winner of the September 2018 Creative Challenge is...

Thanks so much for sharing your AT Coins, super fun! Thanks everyone for playing along and we all hope you come back to play again!

With the kind permission of Granne and Asylum Anne, I am sharing the news of my
 Inspiration Team Call out for a 6 month term for my rubber stamp company Blank Page Muse!
You can find all the details on the blog HERE

Send in your application soon!
Meanwhile come back and link up your hauntingly awesome makes, click HERE for the linky.

Monday, October 1, 2018

1 October~Better known as THE BEST MONTH OF THE YEAR!

Yay!! It's finally October, month of the skulls, skellies and 
everything nice, I hope you guys will give us a busy month
linking all your fabulous Halloween and Day of the Dead and
other artsy, creepy, dark, strange  ---- well anything but cute ---
creations to us to come and see.

I made a skully card to honor the season

Using black inks, alcohol inks and VLV stamp

And lets see what Anne has for our delight:

To never...

Insist people respect your body - if your child doesn't want to hug Uncle Bob or Aunty Jane, don't force them, teach them they are in control of what is done with their body 
and back them up every time.  Otherwise, maybe...
Gallows stamp ButterSide Down
Text die Spellbinders sent me instead of what I really ordered - not my scene, but I've put my own spin on it now!
Blank Page Muse stamps - ATCoin back, Steampunk Gentleman (wings only), owl & moon
The skeleton & spooky tree-house scene are unbranded dies.

And yes we meant to scream out the title of the post! Too bad the letters can't be BIGGGGGEER!

The winner of the challenge for the great Fall month
of October, will be getting very seasonal die: 
Layered Jack-O-Latern
That's cool, ehh? 
wicked cool!

To win it ya gotta be in it! Show us your October fun, we can't wait! Trick or Treat what say you?? What's your personal art outlet? Stamps, Inks, Paints, Words? Bring us your story...

Friday, September 21, 2018

Jumping on the Bandwagon

It's so easy to See no evil, Hear no evil, maybe even Speak no evil.
AND... we are becoming very PC-aware, even scared to speak at all lest we offend some minority.  BUT... there is one Speak that has arisen very publicly lately, so here's my spin on the #Metoo Movement:

The sweet little angel skeleton is from Mad Rat Rubber Stamps.  (oops, did I just use that word "sweet"???)
All others are from Lost Coast Designs

Please feed my darkness: add your sooo not-cute, dark art with the linky to 1 September post (if I got it right!), and one of you will get some ghoulappy mail :)
An InLinkz Link-up

Friday, September 7, 2018

Are you in the mood ... for a winner!!!!???!!

While making my tag, I also
grabbed some leftovers  from it,
and put together a ATC.

A lot of Gansai Tampi shining colors
were added to this.

Ok, now for the last months winner,
the price was a great set of FinnStamper stamps.

and the winner is

Sari K can you please email your information in order for us to mail you your prize?


We hope all of you will come back to play, too!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September 1 - First Day of Spring

So let's have a sunny day, and a magical forest where flu turns to bronchitis, and the bronchial inmates warp these trees as an "art technique" called bonsai.
Looks quite pretty by day, but tonight... these trees are walkin' to a different part of town.

Alas, poor Asylum Anne has stepped into a different darkness, engendered by crazy installations incorporating white fluids, bodily fluids, scungy rags, strange smells and places of rectal torture!

Hopefully she will be back in her own home soon, and able to mess with more congenial supplies soon.

EEEEKKK! Poor Anne, I wish her speedy trip back home
and strength with all the green stuff - inside and outside 
the house...

It might be spring down under, but it certainly starts
feeling like Autumn here up north. 
No more light nights, now it's time for a moon lights
and dark and darker and darker...

I saw this saying somewhere in the web,
and it stayed in my head

Full Moon Mood

Clown stamps are from a happy mail far far away,
and all the rest of the stamps are from
The Blank Page Muse Stamps,
like this and these.
Little paint, inks, embossing and lots of Gansai Tampi 
shining colors.

This month I made a digital canvas to share.

The Lady in the Lake

So Happy Spring!! hehehe
From all of us, thanks so much for hopping over each month to check out what's going on in these odd brains  during these weird days we find ourselves in!

C'mon back and share some eye & mind candy with us won't you?  BECAUSE ANNE IS SCRAPING THE ASYLUM FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL TO PASS ON!
Linky is below:

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Ancestral DNA search

So, Asylum Anne has been indulging in some psych "research" looking into the past.  So far her closetted family tree has revealed these characters:

Anne has rarely managed to get an ATC details back stamped evenly on an ATC, so she is delighted that these ATC coin back stamps from Blank Page Muse as slrightly smaller, giving a chance to cut out with a ragged pair of scissors, ink the edges and still fit the coin's back.

Blank Page Muse for Coin backs, moon, witches
Vivalasvegas for devil, biker bear 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Yes yepp yup sorry so late but yeah...July 2018 Winner's Post! (Finally!!!!)

Stretch the ribbon across the finish line...it's a photo finish and by a whisker the 
Winner of the July 2018 Challenge is...

Email me at dreamindarknessblog@gmail dot com with your info 
so I can mail out your winnings! Congrats!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Engraving Art

I was visiting a craft store and I saw these 
Engraving Art thinkys there...

My kids has done these sometime, when they
were younger, but I never tried one.
So I thought why not, ;=D

So I bought one and scratched it a while:

and matted it with a golden cardstock

and made it a card, don't think this scratching will be my 
thing to do, but hey, now I know, LOL.

Let us see what you've been doing (not the cuties thought),
by linking your art HERE, for a change to win these fab
FinnStamper stamps.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August already? For pity's sake where on Earth did July go???!?!?!?!?

This morning in my garden I saw

No wonder I haven't seen any butterflies, these guys must
have EATEN all the colorful and lovely species...


Meantime, Asylum Anne has been empathising with those stuck in darkness for days on end and created a "Commemorative Bottle" that, now monsoon is upon them, may well have floated out of the Tham Luang cave system with a sadder outcome..
Tar gel and alcohol inks drizzled inside, stamps from Rubber Dance fishy sets  on the outside.
The fragile mesh of life, and the glow-in-dark thread of the rescuers guide ropes.  People glued at intervals to the mesh right down to the bottom of the bottle, where a skull represents the Thai navy seal that died.
Outside embellished with paper, embossing powder, crackle medium, shells etc
 Text "Thai caving" around the top
 Safety helmets & bling for the rescuers bringing them back into lightness


These FinnStamper clear stamps might be flying on 
your way if the you link your art down below,
it's anything goes - but not the cuties.